WASHINGTON CITY — One person was transported to the hospital after a two-car collision occurred at the intersection of Green Springs Drive and Red Cliffs Drive at approximately 8:30 p.m. Monday. The driver cited was charged with failure to yield on a flashing yellow left-turn signal.
The man who was transported from the scene had non-incapacitating injuries and his current condition is unknown, Washington City Police spokesman Ed Kantor said, as of 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Both vehicles were towed.
According to the police report, a red Honda with no passengers entered the intersection on a flashing yellow left-turn signal. The red Honda crossed in front of a black Honda, which was carrying two passengers, and the collision occurred. The black Honda was traveling through the intersection toward the red Honda on a green light.
The driver of the black Honda was transported by ambulance, Kantor said, but neither of the other two passengers reported injuries at the scene. The driver of the red Honda also did not report injuries at the scene.
This report is based in part on preliminary information provided by law enforcement and may not contain the full scope of findings.
Flashing yellows cause for concern?
Kantor said he has noticed that many accidents have occurred on flashing yellow left-turn signals. These signals are fairly new in our area although they have been in some more congested areas for some time now, he said.
“I don’t know if drivers are confused as to the purpose of those,” Kantor said.
These flashing yellows occur as a cautionary signal when the through-traffic has a green light. Flashing yellow left-turn signals are a reminder to drivers to yield to oncoming traffic; all of the standard laws for turning left on a green light apply.
“Sometimes we depend too much on lights and not pay attention to what’s physically in front of us,” Kantor said.
Intersections in general are a major area where crashes occur, Kantor said, “even if you’ve got a green light you need to check that intersection.”
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